BOCONGO on the land question: No quick fix

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The Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO) was relieved when Parliament rejected the motion to reduce land allocation to a quota system that would reserve portion of land to local communities. We were later disturbed to learn from the media that President Khama has told some community in Botswana that Government was actually considering the quota system.

We must from the onset make it clear that we are not against the system per se.  We do, however harbour views that if done in isolation and without comprehensive dialogue it might break the seams of our peace and tolerance as contained in our Vision 2016.

We would like to congratulate our members of parliament; in particular, the sponsors of the land related motions, Dumelang Saleshando and Odirile Motlhale for rekindling the land debate. We would also take this opportunity to recognise civil society as led by the youth petitioners that has also added another dimension to the issue. We do also acknowledge the importance of the President's response, right or wrong. We believe and trust that he was just  being responsive and would now listen to other views such as one contained in-here.

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